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August 31, 2016

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Point-of-view combat footage offers a dramatic look at the National Guard in Afghanistan.

“It’s jammed again. I hate this thing!”

The same words are likely spoken hourly near printers and copiers in offices all around the world.

In this case, the words were uttered by an American soldier struggling with an Mk 19 grenade launcher mounted to a combat vehicle in Afghanistan.

“Oh, fuck me!” a soldier yells as rocket-propelled… Continue Reading

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Defense Never Rests

By Tim Pipes

In Combatives, CrossFit Defense, LEO/Mil

January 09, 2016

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Tim Pipes explains how CrossFit Defense prepares athletes to stay alert, cultivate the warrior mindset and respond to threats.

One-on-one human violence: It’s often up close and personal, overwhelmingly uncomfortable, brutally intense, and devastatingly traumatic. Many prefer to imagine violence doesn’t exist, but make no mistake about it: Evil and violence are real, and complacency and denial are useless when we experience violence by chance or by choice of profession.

I don’t make these statements to frighten, intimidate or discourage… Continue Reading

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A Soldier’s Tale

By Hilary Achauer

In Athletes, LEO/Mil

November 04, 2015

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In an exclusive interview, Maj. Lisa Jaster talks about her fight to become the third woman to graduate from U.S. Army Ranger School.

In April, 381 men and 19 women entered Army Ranger School, “the most physically and mentally demanding leadership school the Army has to offer,” according to Goarmy.com. It was the first time women were allowed to attend the school.

While the others were dropped from the program, three women… Continue Reading

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Virtuosity 9: Heroes

By Shawn Wray

In LEO/Mil

July 03, 2015

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CrossFit helps people do the things they want to do, but it also helps them with the things they don’t want to do.

Sgt. Shawn Wray of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department was forced to carry a dying colleague up a steep cliff, and he believes his fitness allowed him to stay with his friend throughout the arduous rescue attempt. When others had to rest, Wray was able to keep going and spend every… Continue Reading

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True Warriors

By Andréa Maria Cecil

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In one of America’s safest communities, an affiliate owner and his wife found themselves in a desperate fight for their lives. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

There was no reason to lock the door.

In North Bend, Washington, no one locks the door.

“We haven’t had keys in 10 years,” Tennyson Jacobson said of her childhood home across from a farm at the base of Mount Si.

A picturesque place, North Bend is quintessentially Washington. It sits in the… Continue Reading

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Enemy Unseen

By Chris Cooper

In LEO/Mil, Medical/Injuries

May 28, 2015

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Veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder find comfort through CrossFit.

Twenty-two veterans will kill themselves today, according to the nonprofit group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

Officially added to the third edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” in 1980, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a relatively new name for a condition that’s been around as long as war… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 8: Faith

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

May 10, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 8, Tholin contemplates his future. After working in a restaurant kitchen for some time, he’s ready for a change.

“I’m grateful for the job, and I love my boss, and I love the people I work with,” he says, “but I don’t like working in the kitchen.”

Good fortune finds Tholin when CrossFit Edwardsville member Brian Hockett takes notice of Tholin’s work… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 7: Ground Zero

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

May 03, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 7, Tholin shares details of a romantic relationship that has been rekindled since he got out of prison.

“I don’t have very many friends,” Tholin says. “It’s nice to have somebody that’s there, you know?”

That somebody is Erin Cooper, who details their sordid past—starting at 14 with a crush and ending with Tholin’s putting a gun in Cooper’s face.

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